The first time we tried this, I discovered something I should have already known; there are not a lot of you who will take a chance with a movie you've never heard of, and most of you prefer to watch something you're already familiar with.
Well, knock it off. Take some chances, dammit. Venture outside your comfort zone.
Here are three recommendations for the week, none of which is a war movie. I must be feeling ill. Or I am disappointed in what I've found. Your choice.
To win his true love's heart, wide-eyed Tristan Thorn journeys to a forbidden realm to retrieve a fallen star that has taken human form.
Based on Neil Gaiman's fantasy book of the same name. Tristan goes off to find a fallen star to impress his girlfriend, and encounters a unicorn, an evil witch played by Michelle Pfeiffer, princely brothers who are killing each other to gain a throne and of course, the star who has turned into Clair Danes. Robert De Niro is great as a lightning pirate who does his best to keep up the tough guy act, Peter O' Toole is the dying king of Stormhold. Ricky Gervais. Cute, fun, humorous. Not quit as good as Princess Bride, but more "fantasty" genre.
Watch it with your girlfriend/wife/other, it counts.
Like Water For Chocolate
When Pedro marries her sister, Tita throws herself into her cooking -- and discovers she can transfer her emotions through the food she prepares.
Foreign with English subtitles. Set in old Mexico, Tita is the youngest daughter and tradition requires that she not marry, but take care of her mother. Alas, Pedro and Tita are in love, so marries Tita's sister to be closer to Tita. The mother is wonderfully evil. The sisters are adventurous, jealous, the men are loyal and mostly brave. The food theme makes for a great center around which to base the story of unrequited love.
Very romantic, drags a little at times, but overall very well done.
The History of Future Folk
An alien ordered to colonize Earth abandons his mission when he hears music for the first time and is determined to save his adopted planet.
Basically - quirky fun. Better than 80% of Adam Sandler's movies if you can handle watching a movie with no one you've ever heard of. Certainly funnier than 80% of them.
General Trius is sent from the planet Hondo to destroy the earth. After he hears music, he refuses his mission and takes up the banjo. Kevin is sent to take over his mission. Kevin can't help himself either. WILL THEY SAVE THE EARTH? WILL THE CLUBS BOOK THEM? WHERE CAN I GET ONE OF THOSE BUCKETS?
Future Folk is an actual bluegrass band, you can find some of their videos on Youtube. If you like the silliness that is guys playing songs about space worms played by guys wearing buckets on their heads this one's for you.
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